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Tribal art - Baoule:

About 60 ethnic groups live in Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, hunting and farming as the Gouro whose cults and masks have borrowed.


Baule Ndoma mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Baule Ndoma mask

This distinctive face of African masks of young girls presents, in the center of the heart-shaped eyebrow arch marked with the ngole sign, a long nasal bridge surmounting a hollowed-out mouth that seems to emit a breath. Its headdress divided into several braided shells is finely striated. This ancient piece of tribal art has an oiled patina, particularly polished in places, and granular remains. Reddish pigments appear around the raised rhombuses representing the scarifications. This mask shows abrasions from wear and tear, and the holes used to attach the raffia finery are visibly eroded by use.  These Baule portrait masks, ndoma , which are part of one of the oldest Baule artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the ...


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Baoule Ndoma Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Baoule Mask

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Volumineux African mask of the Baoulé ethnic group, of the mask-portrait type, three braided shells form his hairstyle. The eyebrow arch, whose center is the sign ngole joins an edge of the flat nose, and an oval mouth revealing a symmetrical dentition. Small growths, one of which is missing, crown the forehead, in relation to the scarifications. Keloids form patterns on the temples, highlighted by reduced ears. Carved from a particularly dense wood, this piece of tribal art has been encased in white kaolin, with inlays remaining visible. Grainy brown-black patina, satin contours, desication crack. Acquired by Guy Mercier, consultant for the Solvay Group, who began to collect a vast collection of African tribal art at the beginning of the 20th ...


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Baoulé ritual spoon
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Tribal art > Usual african items > Baule Spoon

The usual African objects have always been the means of choice for the artistic expression of African sculptors, especially in Côte d'Ivoire. The rice spoons of the Baoulé, and the Dan neighbors, were not only intended to be offered to the most hospitable woman in the community, as a trophy. They were used at community meals that closed traditional festivals and ritual ceremonies, but were also used for fertility rituals: rice was then thrown at the crowd to ensure protection and fertility.
The spoon extends from a female bust with a long curved neck. The latter supports a graceful head with features and a very delicately chiseled hairstyle. Black patina lustrous by use.
High on a base: 25 cm.


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Baule Kplé kplé mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Baoule Mask

Ex-collection Belgian African art. br>This circular African mask, says junior, has protruding eyes and offers a rectangular mouth in which a dentition is chiseled, in reference to the traditional image of teeth in young people. The female kplekple mask, according to some authors (African Barbier-Mueller Masks, p.116) is said to be red. Vogel (Baule) indicates, however, that in the Baoulé version of the Goli the male mask is painted red, and the feminine in black. It is likely that this allocation varies from village to village. Grainy matte patina. Abrasions and restoration of horns. Height on suitable base: 108 cm.
Dedicating the manifestation of a series of family masks Goli, this circular mask with rounded horns evoking the antelope, is considered in some cases as a male mask, ...


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Couple of Baoule Waka sona Blolo bia
Tribal art > African Statues > Baule Statue

Inverted doubles in the Baule African art sculptures.
Couple figures depicted sitting in an unusual attitude for man. The tegumentary ornaments, numerous scarifications in checkerboards and a neat headdress, bear witness to the concept of beauty of the Baoulé. Grainy speckled patina. Light cracks.
A sixty ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé, in the centre, Akans from Ghana, the savannah people, hunting and farming, as well as the Gouro, whose ritual cults and sculpted masks they borrowed. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, in the ritual setting: The statues Waka-Sona, being of wood in baoulé, evoke a assed oussou, being from the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komian, ...

Figure de singe Baule Aboya / Mbotumbo
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Tribal art > African Statues > Monkey Baoule

A cloth loincloth and a belt of plant fibers surround the kidneys of this cynocephalic monkey. With his eyes raised to the sky, he presents a cup of offerings. There are several representations of the same type, with different names depending on the use that is made of them. They were mistakenly named Gbékré (mouse) because of Delafosse's misunderstanding of two cults (Boyer, Baulé 5Continents). Often linked to the cults Mbra of divination and possession, they belong to the group of 'force-beings' or amwin , intermediaries between God and men and given to the Baoulé by their Creator, as well as the sacred masks from which they share the wide gaping jaw. It would also be a minor deity named bark . For propitiatory purposes, these sculptures were to form the interior of the spirits to whom ...

Baoule Animal Sculpture
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Tribal art > African Statues > Baoule figure

Rare naturalist sculpture depicting a ram, symbol of fertility and vigor.
The animal's head and tail are wrapped in ropes, giving an interesting texture to the coat. The ram is also intended for ritual sacrifices in many ethnic groups. Among the Baules, the ram is honored as a guarantor of prosperity. A replica is carved to transmit, during a ceremony, the strengths of the living animal.
Locally shelled kaolin crusty mingling. Desication cracks.
Ancean restorations of twisted horns using metal staples.
(Ref.: Black African animal sculptures G. Massa)


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Baoule Baboon Mbotumbo Statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Baoule Statue

African Art among the Baoulé

The effigy against, probably destined for the cult of the Mbra, presents an evocation of the monkey by the African mask Bo nun amuin, revealing sharp teeth in a quadrangular muzzle. cynocephalic women could not be seen, just like some masks.The animal, frozen in a human attitude, wears an offering cup.These objects whose characteristics are stamped with the Senoufo influence, have several names, which aboya or mbotumbo and belong to the group of " beings-force " or amwin, intermediate between God and men and given to Baoulé by their Creator, just like the sacred masks whose wide open jaw they share. A minor deity named aboya, with a propitiatory aim, these sculptures were to constitute the interior of the spirits to which offerings supports were ...

Statue Waka Sona of Baule
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Baoule

This figure Waka -Sona, 'being of wood' in baoulé, whose grey patina is unusual, has been treated in refined volumes, usually inspired by the indications of the soothsayer. The joins, which suggest a delicate frame, the oblong face, the tapered fingers, the subtle sagging of the chest, affirm the femininity of the character probably type Blolo bia whose long hands rest on the abdomen barely bulging, a gesture associated with parentage. The curve of the shoulders and the curves of the calves punctuate those of the buttocks are also noted on the back. Concentrated erosions at the top.
High on a base: 43 cm.
Two types of Waka-Sona statues are produced by the Baoulé in the ritual framework: those that evoke an assiè oussou, being from the earth, and which are part of a set of ...


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Statue Baoulé Aboya / Mbotumbo
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Tribal art > African Statues > Monkey Fetish

This cynocephalic monkey with a cup with its combined hands is dressed in a linen loincloth. With his eyes raised to the sky, he is frozen in an attitude of supplication. There are several representations of the same type, with different names depending on the use that is made of them. They were mistakenly named Gbékré (mouse) because of Delafosse's misunderstanding of two cults" (Boyer, "Baulé" 5Continents). Often linked to the cult Mbra of divination and possession, they belong to the group of "êtres-force" or amwin , intermediaries between God and men and given to the Baoulé by their Creator, as well as the sacred masks whose wide gaping jaw they share. It would also be a minor deity named barked . For propitiatory purposes, these sculptures were to constitute the interior of the ...

Anthropomorphic Baoule music stick
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Tribal art > Djembe TamTam > Anthropomorphic Baoule music stick

Ex Belgian African art collection.
Anthropomorphic music stick made in a light wood giving a honey patina.
The top of the stick probably represents the royal couple. Each of the characters has their hands affixed to their stomachs. The top of the headdresses meets at the top to become one. It ends at the back forming a half circle.
The handle is decorated with horizontal and vertical motifs. It is fitted with a perforation at the bottom to allow a cord to pass through it. The Baoulé live in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire. They are part of the Akan group. One can notice that their craft is not scary. The living conditions of the Baoulé are certainly among the best in the whole country and this can be read on their serene masks and sophisticated statuary.





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